Harrisons Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2nd Edition PDF

Harrisons Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2nd Edition PDF



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Preface

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (HPIM) has long been a major source of information related to the principles and practice of medicine for many practitioners and trainees. Yet, in its aim to cover the broad spectrum of medicine, the book has become more than 3000 pages in length and is pushing the envelope of “portability.” HPIM has spawned several offspring tailored to diverse uses for sources of medical information. The entire book plus a large cache of supplemental visual and textual information are available as Harrison’s Online, a component of McGraw-Hill’s Access Medicine offering. In addition, the 18th edition of HPIM is now available on iPad. A condensed version of HPIM, called Harrison’s Manual of Medicine, has been published in print format suitable for carrying in a white coat pocket and in several electronic formats (PDA, Blackberry, iPhone). A companion to HPIM that serves as a study guide for standardized tests in medicine, HPIM Self-Assessment and Board Review, is an effective teaching tool that highlights important areas of medicine discussed in HPIM. All of these products retain the broad spectrum of topics presented in the HPIM “mother book” in variable degrees of depth.
In 2006, for the first time, the Editors of HPIM experimented with extracting portions of HPIM that were focused on a specific subspecialty of internal medicine. The products of that effort, Harrison’s Endocrinology, Harrison’s Rheumatology, and Harrison’s Neurology, were very well-received by audiences keenly interested in the respective subspecialties of internal medicine. Accordingly, we extended the concept of sectional publication 2009 with the publication of books in other internal medicine subspecialties including Harrison’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology based on the 17th edition of HPIM. These volumes, too, appeared to serve the needs of many readers. Therefore, we are continuing the publication of books with a subspecialty focus.
According to a report from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, for every 100 residents of the United States, there were 35 ambulatory care contacts and 5 overnight hospital stays at which a digestive disease diagnosis was noted. In 2004, digestive diseases accounted for more than 236,000 deaths. Thus, training in the disciplines of gastroenterology and hepatology are essential to any primary care physician or general internist and even to practitioners of other internal medicine subspecialties.
This book is aimed at bringing together the chapters of the current and 18th edition of HPIM related to gastroenterology and hepatology in a conveniently sized book for a focused study of this medical subspecialty. The book is organized into 60 chapters and eleven sections: (I) Cardinal Manifestations of Gastrointestinal Disease; (II) Evaluation of the Patient with Alimentary Tract Symptoms; (III) Disorders of the Alimentary Tract; (IV) Infections of the Alimentary Tract; (V) Evaluation of the Patient with Liver Disease; (VI) Disorders of the Liver and Biliary Tree; (VII) Liver Transplantation; (VIII) Disorders of the Pancreas; (IX) Neoplastic Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System; (X) Nutrition; and (XI) Obesity and Eating Disorders.
The information presented here is contributed by physician/authors who have personally made notable advances in the fields of their expertise. The chapters reflect authoritative analyses by individuals who have been active participants in the extraordinary surge of new information on genetics, cell biology, pathophysiology, and treatment that has characterized all of medicine in the last 20 years. In addition to the didactic value of the chapters, a section of test questions, answers, and an explanation of the correct answers is provided to facilitate learning and assist the reader in preparing for standardized examinations.
Gastroenterology and hepatology, like many other areas of medicine, are changing rapidly. Novel technologies of imaging, development of new drugs, and the application of molecular pathogenesis information to detect disease early and prevent disease in people at risk are just a few of the advances that have made an impact on the practice of gastroenterology. Physicians are now applying endoscopic techniques in ways that were once unimaginable including performing operations successfully without an incision; operations that once required major surgery with attendant morbidity and expense. The pace of discovery demands that physicians undertake nearly continuous self-education. It is our hope that this book will help physicians in this process.


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